Pot o’ hugs

Kitchen sink soup

Although not completely behind us, it is safe to say that summer is on its way out. Welcome fall! How I adore you in all your pre-rainy-season glory. The hopes and dreams of back to school bustle, the changing colours, the root vegetables, the drawers of sweaters that get a life again. Recent damp days nipped at my bones, which in turn screamed “I need a hot hug, I need the biggest bowl of soup imaginable!” Some of my favourite concoctions involve lentils, chickpeas or ditalini and whatever veg is on hand. This week I am fortunate to have kale and peas from the UBC Farm, with some leftover yellow chard that may need to be added during the last simmer minutes. Recipes are great for inspiration; you suddenly realize you can make soup with anything! A simple lentil classic is Rebar’s Greek Red Lentil Soup, with lemon, rosemary and feta. Or embrace the earthiness of Food and Wine’s Lentil Soup with Tubetti and Bacon. I like making a batch of this with a hickory smoked bacon or pancetta. And the summer temps we are currently blessed with don’t shy me away from constant cravings for auténtico Posole (minus the pork):

3 cans hominy, drained and rinsed
2 lb. chicken breast in cubes
1 garlic clove
½ onion
chicken broth (make with 2 cubes of Knorr Suiza if you can get your hands on it)
add some green chilies for heat

thinly sliced onion
lime wedges
avocado, diced
oregano (rub between palms)
thinly sliced radishes
iceberg lettuce, chopped

In a large pot with boiling water cook chicken, onion, broth and garlic. Add hominy, reduce heat and cover for 30 min. To serve, have toppings ready on the table for everyone to add to their own bowls. A side of nacho chips is key. Thanks Jen!

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2 Responses to Pot o’ hugs

  1. jennifer says:

    share the posole love! hhehe
    You can also add a couple of sprigs of cilantro to the broth (and salt to taste – Mexicans like their salt!), and for the toppings, if you can find some green hot sauce, a few dashes adds a nice bite. (**note to Mr. Danzidette, green hot sauce, not valentina)

  2. janet says:

    Yum! I am going to make this the the next hosting of the potluck circle.

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